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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hello there, everybody. New to the site; glad to have found a place of kindred spirits. I am a life-long daydreamer; however, I haven't been daydreaming as much lately as I used to. For me, most of my daydreams are funny and entertaining and I…Continue
I've read a few times now that people dance when they daydream. I myself am a pacer/actress. For you dancers--do you dance because the characters in your daydream are dancing, or is it just that the motion of dancing helps you daydream? And when…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
A couple of friends have suggested I write about the people I make up. I'm wondering if any of you have tried to translate daydreams into written fiction and how you experienced the process. Thank you. Continue
When you daydream, how do you see? Like in a movie, watching everything from a distance, or through your character/your eyes just like in real life?I see everything like a movie, even if I daydream about myself, I see myself..Continue
Hi. I have autism and stuff and I think I have MD if it's real. I fantasize all the time for hours about meeting celebrities or friends/family and talking to them, making up conversations, and stories about imaginary people. I do lay in bed for a…Continue
From what I've read, I know that performing a compulsive action is common during daydreams. Some include pacing, tapping, or rocking back and forth. For whatever reason, mine is jumping. I'm 14, and live with my 5 other family members, and they…Continue
Someone went to the MD wiki page and deleted alot of information. Right now, there is only one sentence in it, and it took out the signs and symptoms and alot of useful info about MD. I hope someone could put those things back in because, the…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue